Black 1930's Harlem; No End

Black 1930's Harlem; No End

A Poem by Einstein Noodle
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my submission for 1st week MOOC assignment .. still working it ;)https://app.novoed.com/#!/courses/poetry-and-plays-2017/home a free class anyone can join

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Black 1930's Harlem; No End



Breath struggles first ....
to last .... the

stoop is high enough to
fall ... I  walk
down 
        down the long block
past the nickel Jitney; 
curb leaning Jitney ... the
disarray of dead soldiers

scattered ...
leaves a head balled up ...

Ya'know?

Sidewalk cracks .........

Long and 
              long and .................long time!

Enough to hide the fear.

Black ..............

cracks .................cracked crackers

Crack Head ....              

in the sidewalk; not to step on,
not to break momma's back, I 
tip toe like a hoofer
tap tap around the
corner
out of sight where everything is Jake

everything is jake.

alone and balled up; i'm
just scattered dead soldiers
around the block.


posted first on 07/22/2017
revision 07/25/2017
E.




© 2017 Einstein Noodle



Author's Note

Einstein Noodle
slang used can be googled ..jitney, dead soldier, balled up, jake and hoofer

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Stunning, stunning, stunning! The form, cadence, rhythm, language- the musicality of this poem is stellar. "Dead soldiers"- empty wine/liquor bottles littering stoops, sidewalks and streets- I know them well. Stepping over passed-out bodies of men and women on steps and in alcoves- I know that too. I was born in East Harlem and wrote lyrics for songs performed by artists,such as Patti LaBelle, at Harlem's Apollo Theatre in the 80s. Spent the rest of my life "uptown" in the Bronx, but the Harlem connection is strong. Thank you for bittersweet memories and this wonderful poem my friend.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Einstein Noodle

2 Months Ago

wow! what an experience you have Ms. Annette! yes and yes and yes this is the picture i was striving.. read more
Annette Pisano Higley

2 Months Ago

You are very welcome E. I am honored to read your work and be able to review it! :)



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The picture you paint I can only imagine. Each line seems important and conveys the message like a camera. That was in 1930. I expect the picture has changed a bit since then?

Posted 1 Month Ago


Einstein Noodle

1 Month Ago

Harlem has gone through many metamorphosis .. i love its rich history ;) thank you for taking time A.. read more
Love, love the music.. love, love the music of your creation.. a re.creation of time back when atmosphere was born to last.. and here, in your wonderful writing, it has, oh yes, it has!!

I've never been to Harlem, probably never will, but dear Lord, have you brought its life to me.. THANK YOU! Have read quite a few of your poems but for me, this is the very, very best!

Your words have draped me in a time when life was rich but changing; when colours were ripening from pale to significant. The way you've displayed your 'tale' is breath-taking: providing both full feast and 'dead soldiers' (new phrase for me and richer for it) plus so much more. I could stay a while.. given permission!

(Stayed anyway: had to listen to and look at the video once again - what a great addition to an already great post!)

Posted 1 Month Ago


Einstein Noodle

1 Month Ago

wow emma...i am so humbled and don't kow what to say ..but thank you so much for this encouraging, s.. read more
emmajoy

1 Month Ago

I will read it.. promise, later on but, BUT as ever stayed too long in my haven of happiness..
read more
a great story about harlem ,and where you can go,and who is welcome

Posted 2 Months Ago


Einstein Noodle

2 Months Ago

interesting comments wordman! thank you for taking time
E.
Out of my league on this one for understanding but thought the write flowed well. Hope this helps.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Einstein Noodle

2 Months Ago

well dear friend...we do try eh!? this is supposed to be in the skin of someone we are not ... and p.. read more
Cryingkate

2 Months Ago

Ha. Can U Believe My Most Prized prts of my Collections are from the 30's But i know Nothing of Harl.. read more
Einstein Noodle

2 Months Ago

:) ................
this poem means that you are working with shapes too..Harlem, 1930 is the time of multiple shapes and sounds....as African Americans left the south in droves and settled in the cultural enclaves in New York, Chicago and Detroit. Langston, Eubie Blake, Willie the Lion Smith, etc....had all come up from the south to an already established art movement. The fist 10 lines of this poem reminded me of that 'jazz', that syncopation of spirits trying to fit in a new world.....I see where others here have used the word transport.....And I agree with the need for poetry to transport us; our dimensional, cultural phosphors as evidence that the present is not all there is or was..

great poem.....dana

Posted 2 Months Ago


Einstein Noodle

2 Months Ago

thanks dana! i love the history of Harlem .. this poem is our first weeks assignment for the class i.. read more
Stunning, stunning, stunning! The form, cadence, rhythm, language- the musicality of this poem is stellar. "Dead soldiers"- empty wine/liquor bottles littering stoops, sidewalks and streets- I know them well. Stepping over passed-out bodies of men and women on steps and in alcoves- I know that too. I was born in East Harlem and wrote lyrics for songs performed by artists,such as Patti LaBelle, at Harlem's Apollo Theatre in the 80s. Spent the rest of my life "uptown" in the Bronx, but the Harlem connection is strong. Thank you for bittersweet memories and this wonderful poem my friend.

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Einstein Noodle

2 Months Ago

wow! what an experience you have Ms. Annette! yes and yes and yes this is the picture i was striving.. read more
Annette Pisano Higley

2 Months Ago

You are very welcome E. I am honored to read your work and be able to review it! :)
dear E... 'and all that jazz...'. very musical and lyrical poetry that sets the mood around my soul... Just before 1970, I saw "Porgy and Bess" at the theatre in the round in Shady Grove, Maryland. The theatre was enclosed in a huge old Canvas Circus Tent that had levels of seats inside going around. That evening people brought umbrellas because of a light rain that was worrisome. Halfway or more through the play it began to rain quite heavily... both on the shore of the beach in the Play, and also for real outside the Tent. Because the old circus Tent had holes of deterioration in the roof, people opened their umbrellas in their seats when the rain poured down. The Play was temporarily interrupted along with the music played by an orchestra. We had listed to sings like "Bess, you is my Woman" and Sport'in Life singing of Bess running away with him ... It was uncanny and surreal that there was thunder and lightening in the Play and 'for real' outside the theatre tent. (E... your poetry reads like a Play and you can hear the Jazz being sung). Many of us have had traumas in life that survive in a dramatic way. Life can be heart-wrenching.
Now we share our feelings and emphasize with love in our hearts. truly, Pat

Posted 2 Months Ago


Einstein Noodle

2 Months Ago

wow Pat! i am touched that this reading brought so many magical and heartfelt memories to you. i maj.. read more
Patricia Wedel

2 Months Ago

Wow! Your background is amazing. My grandson Ethan will be in high school this Fall. He has been .. read more
Einstein Noodle

2 Months Ago

and bravo to you and family for being an encouraging force in your children's and grandchildren's li.. read more
happy to read this one again - it really is a winner winner chicken dinner X

Posted 2 Months Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Einstein Noodle

2 Months Ago

i changed it here and there ... now i am hungry for chicken salad sandwiches .. yum! picnic at noon .. read more
This was intense and I agree with Ken Simm. I don't know anything about those times, but I felt like I've been there while and after reading your poem! Powerful write! Tyfs!

Posted 2 Months Ago


Einstein Noodle

2 Months Ago

thank you for reviewing Sir Cypian .. its so gratifying that it put you there .. your comments encou.. read more
These words seem to fit the mood and the time so well. I find myself transported. And yet there is a relvance for the now as well. Excellent piece.

Posted 2 Months Ago


Einstein Noodle

2 Months Ago

yes ..so happy you also see the relevance today ..and not just for Harlem but too many of our cities.. read more

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